Entries by suzie

Monday 2 July, 2018

We’ve all heard the expression “salt of the earth”. Someone may be described as the “salt of the earth’, which is taken from this passage in Matthew though most people wouldn’t know that. The expression conveys “he’s a kind, decent person who selflessly helps others; trustworthy, good at heart.” This has only a kernel of […]

Sunday 1 July, 2018

Blessing is a concept that I really like, but something that I think I don’t completely understand. Here in this passage, Christ is describing a set of principles for how blessings work in the kingdom of God. As I read, I think how much this set of principles has items that are the opposite of […]

Saturday 30 June, 2018

Here we read about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Jesus ministry is characterized by Him going out all around the area teaching, proclaiming (preaching), healing every sickness presented to Him and casting out demons. Not surprisingly, this extraordinary power that Jesus demonstrated here attracted a lot of attention, and large crowds began to […]

Friday 29 June, 2018

I am fascinated by Jesus’ calling of His first disciples as written in this passage and in other accounts in the gospels. There are a few aspects of this account that arouse my consideration. Jesus’ calling of these men appears random, but I would think that it is not random at all, but rather had […]

Thursday 28 June, 2018

When Jesus heard that his cousin and friend John the Baptist had been put in prison – He withdrew (from Nazareth) to Capernaum near the Sea of Galilee.  I imagine He went for time out, for prayer, for removing Himself from his hometown. However it’s here that his life crosses paths with Andrew and then […]

Wednesday 27 June, 2018

It strikes me that not once in this passage does Jesus try to resist temptation by his own strength. How many New Years resolutions have been broken by a lack of self control? How many lives are ruled by addictions that cannot be tamed? I know at times I feel powerless to resist temptation. But […]

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

If ever I need motivation to do something – pray, witness, fast, read the Bible – I can’t really get a better reason than “because Jesus did it”. In this passage Jesus goes to John in the Jordan and gets baptised. Right here we have a case for our need to be baptised: Jesus did […]

Monday 25 June, 2018

This passage has always intrigued me.  It starts with a rebuke of those who should know better but who had reduced faith to religion and the politics of power.  John has no time for them and I think we are given insight into why in the passage.  He explains what he is doing – providing […]

Sunday 24 June, 2018

This passage opens many years later & we find John preaching & baptising people who have repented from their sin. We’re told that John had been prophesied about some 7 centuries earlier by Isaiah as the ‘One preparing the way for the Lord’, preparing people’s hearts for the coming Messiah – Jesus. This has got […]

Saturday 23 June, 2018

Matthew 2:19-23 Have you ever had that situation where you have been notified from on high that you must act now to avoid disaster. We don’t know much about Joseph, but we do know he had several angelic visitations in dreams. These experiences were so striking he followed the guidance to pack up his family […]